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Job Title: Research Communications Analyst - National Security
Company Name: RAND Corporation
Location: Washington, DC United States
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 06/21/2024
Expire Date: 08/21/2024
Job Categories: Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations, Government and Policy, Publishing, Broadcasting/Communications, Research & Development, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services, Writing/Authoring
Job Description
Research Communications Analyst - National Security
RANDís department of Communications and External Affairs (CEA) has an exciting opportunity in its Research Communications Group for a communications professional who is looking to use their expertise and skills to support RANDís mission of helping improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. This Research Communications Analyst (RCA) role will support RANDís National Security Research Division (NSRD), helping to ensure its rigorous research attains maximum impact.

RCAs play a key role in collaborating with researchers and RAND leaders to present complex policy analysis in crisp, clear, and compelling formats to audiences ranging from high-level decisionmakers to general audiences. RCAs help RAND researchers improve the logic, structure, clarity and accessibility of primary research documents, summary products, graphics, and slide presentations. Working with researchers they gain understanding of diverse topics and methods and then, either through diplomatic editorial critique or the drafting of written and visual products, translate those ideas into products that policymakers, advocates, and the public can understand and act upon. In doing so, they hone science communications skills across multiple disciplines. They also create or help create diverse communications products including research reports, report summaries, newsletters, text for internal and external web sites, graphics, and internal corporate documents and reports.

Success as an RCA requires excellent audience analysis capability, highest-quality writing and editing skills, and visual and graphic skills to shape prose, speech, graphics, and presentations that help inform policy and decisionmaking.
Qualifications & Requirements

Required attributes for this position:
- Superior writing and editing skills, as displayed across varied forms and formats, especially in public policy research or related work. Ability to express complex ideas with simplicity and verve.
- A firm grasp of the challenges of communicating in the various channels available today, including print, Web, interactive, and social media
- Demonstrated skill in analyzing challenging or complex topics and situations, often under tight deadlines, to develop and execute communications tactics with creativity and polish
- A proven track record in creating, editing, or improving briefings and visual materials (charts, graphs, slide presentations, informational graphics)
- Demonstrated ability to distill complex research into short, compelling narratives
- High proficiency with tools in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and basic proficiency with graphics tools including the Adobe Suite (PhotoShop, Illustrator, inDesign) or their equivalents
- Excellent project management skills and the ability to navigate organizational complexities to ensure projects meet deadlines at high levels of quality
- Flexibility, ingenuity, creativity, diplomacy, and a willingness to learn and adapt to rapidly changing circumstances
- Capacity to exercise editorial judgment, self-direction, and independence on multiple projects; also, the ability to work well with and within teams
- Ability to contribute throughout the life cycle of a research project with communications analysis, strategy, execution, writing and graphics

Preferred attributes for this position:
- Experience in or familiarity with policy research related to the Department of Defense
- Experience in or familiarity with academic peer review

Education Requirements
- Bachelorís degree required in English, communications, public policy, or another related field. An advanced degree in a related field is preferred.

- Minimum of 6 years of related experience is required. Previous experience with academic or policy research communications and familiarity with the Department of Defense and/or Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) is preferred.

Security Clearance
- A successful candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a United States government security clearance. U.S. citizenship is required for a Department of Defense security clearance.

- This position will be located at one of the following RAND offices: Arlington, Va.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; or Santa Monica, Calif. This position is eligible for RANDís hybrid work environment, which enables a blend of on-site and remote work. Some on-site presence will be required to meet business needs, including on an ad-hoc basis; onsite needs will vary from month to month.

Work Samples
- Candidates must submit the following examples of their work:
- A writing sample that reflects their ability to communicate research or technical topics in clear terms for the intended audience.
- A presentation in PowerPoint or a similar platform that reflects their ability to communicate research or technical topics in clear terms through text and visuals for the intended audience.
- An example of a graphical product (e.g., a figure, infographic, or document design) that reflects their ability to communicate research or technical topics using effective visual storytelling.
- For each of these three examples, candidates should submit two versions: a version that reflects solely their own work product (e.g., a draft version of the example), plus a finished version of the example that can reflect intellectual contributions from others (e.g., a final, edited product).

Salary Range
- Communications Analyst II - $85,700 Ė 127,500

RAND considers a variety of factors when formulating an offer, including, but not limited to, the specific role and associated responsibilities; a candidateís work experience, education/training, skills, and expertise; and internal equity. In addition, RAND provides strong benefits, including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, a savings plan, paid time off, and more.
Equal Opportunity Employer: race/color/religion/sex/sexual orientation/gender identity/national origin/disability/vet

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Company Name: RAND Corporation
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The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RANDís research and analysis address issues that impact people everywhere, including security, health, education, sustainability, growth, and development. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, RAND has approximately 1,775 people from approximately 55 countries working in offices in North America, Europe and Australia, with annual revenues of $356.2 million. RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest. Our research is sponsored by government agencies, international organizations, and foundations. We rely on philanthropic support to pursue visionary ideas; address critical problems that are under-researched; and devise innovative approaches for solving acute, complex, or provocative policy challenges. RAND values objectivity and integrity in both its research processes and internal interactions. We emphasize a collegial environment that respects the contributions and dignity of all staff.
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